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Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

Kerwin Mathews , Judi Meredith , Nathan Juran  |  G |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke, Don Beddoe
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Writers: Nathan Juran, Orville H. Hampton
  • Producers: Edward Small, Robert E. Kent
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BKBFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack the Giant Killer" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Farm boy Jack heroically rescues Princess Elaine from sorcerer Pendragon by slaying his bloodthirsty giant. But when Pendragon uses his evil powers to bewitch and imprison Elaine in his enchanted fortress, Jack must cross the ocean to brave dragons, two-headed ogres and an army of ghouls to save his lady love!

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Giant Killer DVD April 17, 2002
A budget DVD released on Goodtimes homevideo (It used to be released on MGM). Picture quality of 'Jack the Giant Killer' is much better than the Vhs version (obviously) and about the same (if not better) than the Laser Disc release. This single layer disc runs 1 hour 36 minutes and is playable worldwide (NTSC). The movie stars Kerwin Williams & the beautiful Judi Meredith and directed by Nathan Juran. There are no special features on this DVD except for scene index and play. The DVD is worth it even at this price. This is not the musical version but the regular movie version, The disc is made in Hong Kong (and/or Taiwan) as mentioned on the back of the DVD keepcase, but then again most budget DVDs are made there nowadays. The picture and sound quality is very good (Its the best I've seen of this video so far) and would get this classic before its too late.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Giant Killer January 21, 2003
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Even if this is not as good as Ray Harryhausen at his best in "Jason and the Argonauts" and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad", it is certainly as good a quality as the later Sinbad's he did. Anderson's creatures may be a little rough around the edges by todays special effects standards but it is still quite entertaining for the whole family. Most children will find it great fun. There are numerous monster creatures and several interesting good characters. Kerwin Mathews and the rest the cast do above average performances. The sets and music help draw us into this wonderful adventure fantasy story. If you like Fantasy movies you will probably enjoy this one. Did you miss the price on this DVD? Talk about a bargain! Even if you for some odd reason you didn't love it you could donate it to a good cause. I got the DVD and even though released by Good Times it is an excellent transfer. The picture and sound are great. Good quality DVD and replayability. Most kids will love this.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The DVD is the ORIGINAL version!!! November 15, 2001
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If you check my review posted below, you will realize that I am very fond of this flawed but fabulous film. The GOOD NEWS about the DVD release-----it's the ORIGINAL version, NOT the putrid Musical re-make!
The Less-than-Good news is that the transfer (obviously from a print)isn't as crisp and contrast-y as one would ideally like. In addition, it's a bit disappointing to realize, assuming this realease is authorized, that MGM/UA is not interested enough in this film to release it on their own, and thus has licensed it to Good Times, a serviceable, but second-rate outfit.
Oh, well---guess I shouldn't complain. It's just GREAT to have it in the DVD format.
Oh yes,.....the SOUND on the DVD is fabulous--bright, clear, dynamic, crisp.
And, incidentally, I bought and watched Harryhausen's "7th Voyage of Sinbad" recently.....great, awesome stop-motion work, of course (I remember seeing it in the theatre in early '59----I was literally shaking with excitement and terror simultaneously! Had to go out to the lobby to regain my composure as they were climbing through the hills of Colossa looking for the Roc's egg! Subsequently had cool dreams of the cyclops chasing me on the beach!....)
BUT----HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT-----I'd still prefer "JACK" ANY DAY! It's so much more human and engaging. Watch the scene after Jack has killed the first Giant and the King asks him
"Have you seen the Princess"'s so charming----nice acting, beautiful music (you catch a bit of the doll's music box dance transformed by the orchestra under the dialogue...), then we meet Jack's mother, touchingly played by Helen Wallace...things like this just add so much to the enjoyment of a fantasy film.
And the SET-UPS!!!....
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family fantasy with scary creatures September 29, 2004
Jack The Giant Killer is a great family fantasy movie. I've never seen the musical version, but it sounds like a hideous botch-up, and I can't believe people are disappointed because this DVD is of the original version and not some re-hash that had nothing to do with the production's original intention.

I think the film is excellent just the way it is. It's the tale of a simple farmer (Jack) who gets caught up in an evil wizard's plans to abduct a beautiful princess to be his bride. I've heard it said that the musical version was created to tone down some of the film's more frightening moments, and I can see why younger childeren could get nightmares after watching some sequences. There are several such scenes. Early on in the film, the princess is having a party and one of her birthday gifts is a miniature dancing jester in a musical box. Creepy enough to watch as it is, this ugly thing comes alive after dark and grows into a hideous giant demon. In another scene, ghostly flying witches descend on a ship to try and seize the princess, who is being smuggled away to a secret location to protect her. This sequence, involving some very freaky apparitions, genuinely frightened me as a child, especially the moment when the ghost in the guise of a skeleton in a wedding dress surprised the princess in a small dark cabin. Eek!

The animated monsters are of variable quality, ranging from the enlarged music box demon (the best) to the sea serpent that appears near the end (the worst). Maybe the money started to run out towards the end of the film!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A favorite childhood movie.
Jack the Giant Killer is a movie I went to see when it was first released back in the early 60's. It is a movie important to me because it was the first movie I went to see all by... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Q
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the movie as I remembered it.
I saw this movie in a theater when I was young. It is not as I remembered. It was kind of cheesy.
Published 9 months ago by Michael Escher
4.0 out of 5 stars .
A good movie, worth watching twice i think. The story flowed and the chatter wasn't to bad. Theirs a lot tricks to keep the audience guessing and not bored. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ToNe OaKs
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie!!!
I saw this film in the movie theater as a child and for me it has lost none of it's magic. Giants roam the land, sea, and air at the beck and call of an evil wizard, while... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars Jack the mood Killer
Here we go, ready to watch an adventure, maybe a love story, but deffinetly wanted to be entertained. Could not watch this movie to its conclusion. Read more
Published 14 months ago by terrence nowak
4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected
The monsters were a little goofy but all in all it's pretty good entertainment for kids. Like a poor man's 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
Published 14 months ago by Nom de plume
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandkids
The kids just love coming over for fun and something different. On rainy days or when babysitting at night these fantasy adventures are just what the doctor ordered.
Published 14 months ago by Richard of Danbury
5.0 out of 5 stars great effects
in the Jason and the Argonauts old special effects. great movie to watch to forget about everyday life... excellent
Published 15 months ago by WILLIAM FROEHLICH
5.0 out of 5 stars CGI has really evolved
Saw this movie as a little kid. The quality of the DVD is great and it's fun to see what was at the time the latest special effects.
Good family movie.
Published 17 months ago by Al
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor old movie
Nothing in this movie was good, poor acting, poor quality and even considering the age of the movie the special effects were awful.
Published 18 months ago by Keith McKinnon
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